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4K Ultra HD Review: Collateral

December 8, 2020

By John Corrado

Collateral, director Michael Mann’s slickly made and very entertaining 2004 thriller starring Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx, is receiving a 4K upgrade this week, with a new 4K Ultra HD edition from Paramount.

The film follows Max (Foxx), a Los Angeles cab driver whose night takes a dark turn when Vincent (a silver-haired Cruise) gets into the back of his car. Vincent is a contract killer who has five stops to make before morning, to take out five targets, using Max as his unwitting getaway driver.

Directed by Mann with his usual icy cool sense of style, and featuring a good screenplay by Stuart Beattie that is at its best when allowing its characters to converse with each other, Collateral offers a pretty intoxicating thrill ride. The entire film takes place over one night, which provides a ticking clock device for the plot and allows us to delve into the seedy Los Angeles underworld.

While the film ultimately becomes more of a conventional action movie in its last act, Collateral is never less than entertaining. Cruise is magnetic to watch as the completely cold and calculating Vincent, and Foxx received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of nervous cabbie Max. The main cast is rounded out by Jada Pinkett Smith as a lawyer who becomes Max’s first passenger of the night, and Mark Ruffalo as a detective working to take down a crime ring in the city.

In addition to Foxx’s performance, Collateral also received an Oscar nomination for Best Editing, which isn’t surprising. The film is well paced and sleekly assembled, maintaining interest and suspense over the course of a tense two hours. It also features some excellent nighttime photography courtesy of its two credited cinematographers Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron, including a few mesmerizing shots of the LA streets from above.

It’s worth noting that Collateral was primarily shot on high definition digital cameras, (it was the first feature to be made with the Viper FilmStream High-Definition Camera), which gives it a unique, mid-2000s aesthetic. There is noticeable grain and pixelation at times, but this actually fits the gritty and grimy nature of the story, which has a hazy, middle of the night feel to it. This is altogether a very solid Michael Mann thriller, and fans should be pleased with the 4K presentation.

Bonus Features (Blu-ray):

The 4K disc itself is short on bonus content, but the set includes a regular Blu-ray as well that holds a decent selection of previously released bonus features. The set also comes with a digital copy code.

4K Ultra HD:

Commentary by Director Michael Mann

Theatrical Trailer (2 minutes, 18 seconds)

Blu-ray:

Commentary by Director Michael Mann

City of Night: The Making of Collateral (40 minutes, 59 seconds)

Special Delivery (1 minute, 9 seconds)

Deleted Scene with Commentary (1 minute, 57 seconds)

Shooting on Location: Annie’s Office (2 minutes, 34 seconds)

Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx Rehearse (4 minutes, 13 seconds)

Visual FX: MTA Train (2 minutes, 27 seconds)

Teaser Trailer (2 minutes, 11 seconds)

Theatrical Trailer (2 minutes, 18 seconds)

Collateral is a Paramount Home Entertainment release. It’s 119 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: December 8th, 2020

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